As the Lebanese and the world reacts to the Beirut blast this week, we highlight the socio-economic and political implications of this incident on the country.
Outlook: At least 145 people have died and 5,000 have been injured in the August 4 accidental catastrophe.
The massive Beirut port blast, which rendered hundreds of thousands of people homeless, while also destroying stocks of food and other essential items, threatens to have a long-lasting socio-economic effect on the country.
Chronic political weakness and widespread distrust against the elite, who are accused of negligence, are due to make things worse, especially if aid is imposed conditionally.
Lebanon is no stranger to tumult, but this latest crisis is at risk of pushing things over the edge.
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